A lack of growth in EQ is very limiting to the organization’s growth. A team will not perform to their fullest capacity if they are always on edge, or in fear, because of an emotionally immature leader. It’s only a matter of time before that organization implodes. So how do you gain ground and increase your capacity of Emotional Intelligence so you can take your team, church and organization to the next level?
For years our IQ, “intelligence quotient”, determined our cognitive abilities to learn and understand and to be successful. However due to the work initiated by Daniel Goleman and others in the 1990’s we have come to realize there’s another major component to our success….Emotional Intelligence. Building Emotional Intelligence is vital for leadership at at every level.
When leadership is shaken, when the challenges seem impossible, when the struggles seem overwhelming, leaders have to regain their footing to remain an unshakeable leader. “If you fall to pieces in a crisis there wasn’t much to you in the first place”. Proverbs 24:10 (MSG)
Sometimes we get stuck, as companies or as individuals, because we have become “prisoners of the familiar”. Here’s how this happens. Sometimes the job or ministry we do is not inspiring but we enjoy the people we’re working with. So what happens? We tend to tolerate what’s not producing fulfillment on our job for the familiarity of the people or the “comfort zone” we enjoy on a familiar job. How can we break from the “prison of the familiar”?
The debate between “simplicity and complexity” is ongoing. Some organizations have tried on “simplicity” like it was a suit they wear for special events. But until “simplicity” becomes part of an organization’s DNA, organizations drift back and forth between the two. The tendency of most organizations is to make complex systems. And the bigger we get, the more complex we get. It’s much easier to add to our systems instead of replacing outdated systems.
Criss Jami says: “the roles of a genius is not to complicate the simple but to simplify the complicated.”